Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Saint Petersburg
Red Candles FestivalBetween the 20th and the 24th of June there is a celebration in Saint Petersburg which is one of the most beautiful festivals in this city: the Red Candles Festivals. This event is dedicated to the recent graduated boys and girls from the high school which in the end of June receive the tittle or diploma.. Every year the festival gathers more than 80.000 people. It consists in two parts: one concert in the Palace Square, but in which you can also access through a special invitation; and the pyrotechnic-musical show which takes place in the Neva river. This show has the hot spot in a boat full of red candles which sails around the river.
White Nights’ stars FestivalThe White Night’s stars festival started 20 years ago in Saint Petersburg to celebrate the White Nights of the Summer. It is a cultural event which gathers the opera with the ballet and the Russian classical music. It is considered one of the 10 best music festivals in the world and there are many amazing performances and plays during the months of May, June and July, so during some days it happens at the same time than the Red Candles.
Victory DayOn the 9th of May the Victory day it celebrated, meaning victory the moment when the the Russians won against the Germans in the Second World War. In Saint Petersburg, the Nevsky Avenue is closed and they fill it up with many flowers. For the local people it is a very emotional day.
City DayThe 27th of May they celebrate the anniversary of Saint Petersburg. During two days the city is full of concerts, performances, parades and even some celebrations similar than the Carnival. Every year, famous artists and international singers celebrate concerts during these days together with some other activities.